Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #588122 (stock #2B-772)
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$285
Elegant studio porcelain tokkuri (sake flask) or flower vase in double gourd form with even celadon ("seiji") glaze, likely Kyo ware. Dating to the mid-20th century, it bears the impressed signature of the potter on the unglazed base. It comes in its original tomobako (wooden storage box) which is also signed by the potter, whom we have been unable to identify...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #979985 (stock #11E-148A32)
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$295
This fine vintage Japanese wakasa-nuri stand with rolled legs has a mosaic-like surface that shimmers with gold foil and tiny inlaid pieces of iridescent mother-of-pearl. Early to mid-20th century. The base of the lacquer is wood which was finished with brown, black and red colors, and the layers of these colors are revealed by polishing the lacquer finish to create this unique and complex pattern. Small pieces of mother of pearl are mixed into the finish creating a lovely overall effect...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #319782 (stock #9-088A32)
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$125
This fascinating deck of Japanese karauta cards for a New Year’s card game comes in its original covered lacquered paper box and dates from the early to mid-20th century. Known as the “100 Poet Cards,” the 200 cards used in this game feature short Japanese compositions from “Ogura Hyaku-nin Isshu,” a classic anthology of 100 poems that was compiled in the 13th century. Each of the 100 poems, whose themes are love, the seasons and several other subjects, is by a different author...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1190937 (stock #2C-183)
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$110
This style of Japanese sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) spouted pouring vessel for sake is known as a “katakuchi.” Early to mid-20th century. The white glazed body is boldly decorated with a freely-drawn design of a large flower blossom and stylized leaves in underglaze cobalt blue. The extended base is unglazed, as katakuchi were originally placed directly on the hot ashes inside a hibachi to keep the sake heated...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #825532 (stock #2-849A12)
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$195
This lovely Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain cup and saucer set is hand painted in vivid colorful enamels on a pure white ground, with the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon painted in underglaze blue on the foot of each piece. We believe this set to be from the studio of either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to mid-20th century. Both the cup and saucer are decorated with mandarin oranges and leaves (“tachibana”)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1021563 (stock #11E-146)
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$135
This large vintage round red lacquer dish in chrysanthemum form with low relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the mid-20th century. The finely carved edges of the dish represent real chrysanthemum blossoms which surround a stylized twelve petal chrysanthemum flowerhead -- a design which originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #497049 (stock #2B-733)
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$175
This delightful porcelain plate with its brown-edged pie crust rim is boldly decorated in the traditional Kutani palette (green, iron red, turquoise, blue, aubergine, yellow and gilt) with understated elegance and a contemporary twist. Mid-late 20th century. Lush raised white camellia blossoms and leaves are beautifully hand painted with in overglaze enamels on a finely crackled white glazed ground and framed within a fluid border of gold, blue and yellow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #862956 (stock #2-832)
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$95
This lovely foliate rimmed, relief edged deep dish is hand painted with butterflies and flowers in a traditional Kutani palette on a pure white ground. Early to mid-20th century. The base bears the underglaze blue four character mark “Kutani Eiju.” The three butterflies are done in underglaze blue with gold overglaze highlights. The blooming flowers are done entiredly in overglaze enamels of black, green, red and yellow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #136588 (stock #4A-070)
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$95
This delightful clay Japanese Gosho doll or ningyo dates to the 1930’s. Standing with his feet apart on a black wooden base, he holds a ball in his outstretched right hand. His body is glazed in characteristic brilliant gofun-like white, and his facial features are well modeled and delicately painted. His vest is done in purple glaze, and his red and gold silk apron is tied with a gold silk cord...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #978599 (stock #6-459A13)
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$250
These diminutive vintage inlaid place card holders were hand crafted in iron inlaid with miniature designs intricately inlaid in gold and silver. Ca. 1940-1950. The reverse side, the base and the clip to hold the name card in place are made of brass. Made by the Amita Jewelry Company, the bases are stamped “Amita Japan.” Each holder bears a different floral or landscape scene featuring birds, flowers, pagodas, boats and Mt. Fuji...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831)
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$450
This elegant Japanese porcelain dish in scalloped octagonal form is hand painted in vibrant overglaze polychrome enamels and comes with its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”). There is a two character underglaze blue signature on the base. We believe it dates to the early to mid-20th century, but we have not been able to identify the artist...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #360477 (stock #9-089A10)
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$275
This polychromed clay figure seated on a brightly-colored pedestal in a lacquered chair represents the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi (774-835). Early 20th century. The figure wears traditional brown and saffron colored Buddhist robes. He holds a Buddhist rosary in his left hand and a vajra (mace with four prongs symbolizing a thunderbolt) in his right hand. He sits on a black lacquered wood chair decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue along the edges of the pedestal. His shoes ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1233394 (stock #6A-456A40)
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$695
This heavy vintage Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and decorated in high relief with figures of birds and flowers within deeply recessed irregular panels in a style popularized during the Meiji period. Showa period, mid-20th C. The “front” side is more extensively decorated with a bird perched on one of the blossoming prunus branches, and a somewhat less ornate floral decoration appears in the recessed panel on the reverse side. The bold and strongly rendere...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047)
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$590
This large elegant vintage Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century, the bamboo handle is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Chikuyosai." It was crafted in round tapered form with meticulous and minute weaving. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a refined herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #868407 (stock #11E-008)
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$120
The lids of these elegant vintage Japanese lacquer covered bowls are decorated with gold lacquer peonies on a rich black lacquer ground. They date to the mid-20th century. The peony flower blossoms and leaves have been hand painted in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) with takamakie (raised lacquer) highlights on a glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Roiro is a technique of using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. The rims are finished with gold lacquer. Ea...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1930 item #1062761 (stock #11C-046A23)
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$590
This large elegant Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930), the bottom is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Shokushosai." Suzuki Shokushosai was an active basket maker in Tokyo during the first three decades of the 20th century. (See Plate 21 in “Containing Beauty: Japanese Bamboo Flower Baskets” for a basket and signatu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #699510 (stock #4A-018A20)
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$125
This charming early 20th century “gosho ningyo” kneels on chubby knees, his clay body finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell). He is scantily clad in a bib or stomach cloth ("haragake") which has been hand painted over the gofun surface. A braided orange cord encircles the back. His facial features are well modeled and delicately hand painted, and thick black hair falls over the doll’s shoulders.

The gosho doll is one of noble descent, and the name means “palace doll,” a re...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #1053973 (stock #11-367)
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Handcrafted of cedar or cypress wood, this vintage Japanese kamidana miniature shrine has architectural features found on larger Shinto shrines and is dated “Showa 2 nen” (1927) on the back. The central double doors open to provide access to an interior sanctuary where “ofuda” shrine charms and other appropriate religious items may be placed behind the hanging silk curtain. There are fragile minutely latticed windows on either side of the doors. Two ofuda talismans (also called “goshin...